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It's recess time for students again!

Monday, March 15, 2010

First-grade students at Meridian Elementary spent their recess out doors, Monday, thanks in part Mayor Ann Bradshaw and the City of Brazil. [Order this photo]
Students at Meridian Elementary can go outside to play once again.

When the groundbreaking ceremonies took place last September, students were told there would be some inconveniences, but the end result would be worth it. While many have enjoyed watching the construction begin on the building, it has come at a cost. Students have gone without a playground and recess was contained to the classrooms. But that changed Monday.

With faces full of excitement, first-grade students walked out the doors in single-file lines. After being told the boundaries and the unlocking a gate, students were allowed to run.

"This is great," Principal Karen Phillips said. "It's wonderful that the city is letting us do it."

Last week, Phillips contacted Mayor Ann Bradshaw with a small request, to close part of Coalfax Street from 11-12:45 p.m., daily, so students could safely cross the street to play on a lot owned by the corporation. After consulting with the necessary people, barricades were delivered and Phillips got the go ahead.

Houses on the street are still accessible and the children are monitored.

Though sidewalk chalk, bubbles, jump ropes and all types of other items were there for children to play with, many of them just wanted to run.

"We really appreciate the cooperation of the city," Phillips added. "Kids need to be outside."

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Good deal, and a big "thank you" to Mrs. Phillips and Mayor Bradshaw.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Mon, Mar 15, 2010, at 5:14 PM

Having grandchildren that go to that school, I was glad to see this. Thanks so much!!

-- Posted by tbdldam on Mon, Mar 15, 2010, at 6:07 PM

Why are the kids playing in the street? I hope this street is blocked from through traffic! What happened to the kids actually playing on the playground? I don't like them playing in the road!

-- Posted by millertime on Tue, Mar 16, 2010, at 7:47 AM

The news report said:

"close part of Coalfax Street from 11-12:45 p.m., daily, so students could safely cross the street to play on a lot owned by the corporation"

Sounds like they were only crossing the street not playing in the street. It also appears by the photo that there is a barricade across the street.

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Tue, Mar 16, 2010, at 12:33 PM

Seriously is it too much to ask that the full story be read before you make comments. One may find that the questions you might have, might have been answered.

I think it is great the kids get to play outside.

-- Posted by justvisiting on Tue, Mar 16, 2010, at 1:03 PM

The story also said that the playground is no longer there due to construction. Thank you Mrs. Phillips for arranging this and Mayor Bradshaw for allowing the street to be closed so that the children have additional space to play. I know my son is thilled to get to go outside at school and play again. I do understand that the children's classes have been rotated during recess time to go to the gym and be able to run also. So, the kids haven't been confined to the classrooms all winter. I just wanted to clear that up. Kudos to the Meridian staff for trying to keep the students active.

-- Posted by kibbemi on Tue, Mar 16, 2010, at 1:22 PM

I was a student at Meridian Grade School 1942 till

1944. Thank all the GOOD people for keeping it up,

so others can enjoy it as much as I did.

-- Posted by VBBoy52 on Tue, Mar 16, 2010, at 3:19 PM

The name "millertime" speaks for itself.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Wed, Mar 17, 2010, at 1:40 PM

VBBoy52, the Meridian Street School is not the one that you attended. This one was built around 1959 and is a product of a consolidation cycle that included the closing of school within the city limits.

It is a fine school with a fine staff, but our corporation needs to re-evaluate education, current education practices, and funding instead of merely continuing to repeat what our predecessors did. While the current Meridian Street school may well be here for the next forty years, I seriously doubt that it will be there in fifty without almost doubling in size and student population. There is vary little reason even at the present to operate a school of that size when one at double the size can educate just as well at lower cost. We are paying more for nostalgia than education should cost.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Wed, Mar 17, 2010, at 10:55 PM

I am happy to say that my daughter is in the First grade at Meridian Elementary. When she came home at the beginning of this week she was so excited that they had finally gotten to go outside and each evening I ask her what her favorite part of her day was. This week every day I have recieved the same answer. Recess!!!! It is wonderful that they will be able to enjoy the beautiful weather, instead of only seeing it from inside. Personally I am extremely thankful to everyone who made this possible.

-- Posted by Shannon642 on Thu, Mar 18, 2010, at 1:22 PM

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